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Sim City: Limited Edition
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Sim City: Limited Edition - Graphics: I always have a feeling of being lost when playing simulations without that old fashioned 2D-grid on the map but Sim City's 3D graphic is really neat and it helps you with the street-grid to keep an orientation. Yet, you always have that feeling that you are giving away too much space between buildings - a fear which is quite omnipresent if you look at the small map sizes. The animations are great and they give you a good idea of what is going on in your city. The variety of buildings is okay, you don't see the same houses standing next to each other too often. The tourism sights and great works lack a bit in graphical detail. Once in a while you will see graphical errors where streets overlap on uneven terrain. Online: Yes, you have to be online all the time when playing. By now, the worst server problems are dealt with and I hardly encounter any server downtimes but if they occur, it is really annoying to have to rebuild a certain part of your city because you cannot save manually and the game is not saved on your computer. You can play in a region with other people or create your own region and lock it, so that only you and your friends can claim a city there. Gameplay: Sim City's gameplay has basically stayed the same but the game is now 'social': It is aimed to be played with other people online. Each city has finite resources they can use (e.g. coal for coal power plants) or sell on the global market for a profit. While this is a good idea, I really hate that water as a basic resource is also finite. This means that after a few hours of playing you will need to find a new place for your water buildings. And do it again and again until there is no more water on your map. At this point, you will have to import water from other cities (if you don't want to play with others, you will have to create a water supply city, how silly!) but only until they run out of water. I haven't been to this point but if that is to be true, a whole region can be rendered useless after a certain amount of time. This is the biggest issue for me. I want to build a city for eternity and not abandon it and start a new one every 10 hours. Other: As mentioned before, the map size is quite small. After a few hours you will struggle to find free space to place a building. While for a short period of time this is really motivating and urges you to optimize your city, it will lead you to abandon the city in the long run. So, there is no really endless mode. This is the other main argument that lead to my rating of the game. A very good new feature are the moduls of buildings. Instead of building hospital next to hospital as population rises like in Sim City 4, you can simply add modules to an existing building to increase its capacity. The simulation beneath the game is quite good and logical. Of course not all of your sims are simulated but you get a good idea of what is working in your city and what is not. In fact, the graphical representation helps you a lot more than the advisors. They often give unadequate advises and should be ignored most of the time. Although my city is rather small and I built the largest avenues, they get clogged up with traffic pretty easily. I invested a lot in buses and street cars but every public transport vehicle is visible on the streets and at times that only seems to contribute to traffic jams. Conclusion: Definitely, you can have fun with Sim City. If you are a casual gamer who wants to quickly build a beautiful city and then build the next one, this will be a brilliant game for you (4-5 stars)! If you want to spend 30+ hours on one of your cities, however, you better stay with Sim City 4 (my 2 star rating). As far as I know, Sim City is not moddable, so you cannot edit the things that e.g. keep me from further playing this game. More likely, new content (bigger maps, new buildings) will come as DLC you'll have to pay for. My total playing time before turning to the next computer game: 15 hours (ca. 3/hour game time).Report this review
I have been waiting with eager anticipation for my copy of sim city limited edition which to be fair arrived in good time and good condition so was very pleased then I loaded the game only to become painfully aware that the game isn't solely contained on the disc but is a software program to set up the links to the cloud, so you can play the game through origin which is not the end of the world just inconvenient. Would love to say that the game is great and i love it but for 5 hours now i still haven't got on the servers and played.Report this review